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Formations of the cup and the rock

Formations of the cup and the rock

2022

Selenite

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

Mineral sculpture inspired by the processes of rock-water interactions, and our

perception of reality behind the naming of things. Selenite, literally the stone of the

moon – selēnē, got its name due to its shine, translucency and prismatic, multifaceted

structure. Soft stone, that can be easily scratched with a ngernail, also quickly

dissolves and deconstructs in contact with water.


As a child, I remembered a saying of my grandmother: when the moon lays like a cup that spills water, it will probably rain. This little connection embraces the complexities behind the names and meanings preserved in languages and stories: memorization of the seasons and weather, and naming of materials after visual metaphors.


Still, a cup for water made of the moon-stone is impossible.


Playing with the idea of this interaction, I exposed selenite pieces to small drops of liquid, that over time formed a cup-looking deepening. A little ode to the formations of matter, and shared views of the world, inseparable from our imagination.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Formations of the cup and the rock

Date:

Creator:

2022

Elina Alekseeva

Country:

Russia

This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

Selenite

Medium:

Dimensions:

1 x 1 x 1 cm

Sculpture

Genre:

IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station

COSPAR id

2022-015B

Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023

Status:

Returned

Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

Artist:

Elina Alekseeva

Artist

Russia

Elina Alekseeva

Collection:

Moon Gallery

2022

Moon Gallery

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